Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Using supernatural forces, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
- Now, a few words of warning on using supernatural forces.…It is fun, and it allows us to do a lot…of things you can't see in real life.…I mean, that's why I go to the movies,…to watch people bust ghosts or go off to see the wizard.…But you do have to be extra careful when using these extra…powers so that you don't leave audiences feeling cheated.…In ancient Greek times, when they would have plays,…oftentimes the main characters would be in a really…tough spot, backed into a corner.…But then all of a sudden the gods would…come down from the heavens and save them.…
This happened quite a bit, and the first few times…it happened, people actually liked it.…They loved seeing the gods depicted in their plays…and they loved being reminded of the involvement…of the gods in the lives of the people.…But after a while, people were like,…I think we've seen this ending already,…and it kinda feels like lazy writing.…And it really is.…So this is actually called deus ex machina,…and these days it describes any time magic…or any huge coincidence saves a character from conflict.…
. Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Finding your story
- Building a character arc
- Identifying story beats
- Borrowing from archetypes
- Writing a fantasy film
- Using screenwriting software such as Final Draft and Adobe Story
- Polishing the script
- Understanding screenplay formatting
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
1. Story Basics
2. Getting Ideas
3. Creating a Fantasy World
4. Writing the Story
5. Writing the Screenplay
6. Improving the Script
7. Rewriting the Script
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